If he’d just stop stonewalling and answer questions about why his phone number repeatedly turned up in D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s phone logs during the time period when he was serving in the House of Representatives, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter wouldn’t be zigzagging through parking lots and crashing into parking signs. That was the scene yesterday in Gonzales, immediately following a previously scheduled public meeting. In an unfortunate bit of timing for Vitter, yesterday was another day of reckoning for him, as his name is now officially on the witness subpoena list for Palfrey’s trial, which got underway yesterday in Washington, D.C. According to The Times-Picayune, Vitter’s attorney says his client will cite the Fifth Amendment if he’s called to the stand in the trial, to avoid incriminating himself.
At a time when Louisiana’s image appears headed in the right direction — in large part due to the early positive reviews of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s two special sessions — Vitter and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill “$90,000-in-the-freezer” Jefferson continue to be an embarrassment to the state.
From WAFB in Baton Rouge, here’s the video of the Vitter parking lot mishap as he once again tries to duck reporters’ questions: